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The Vale Region / Re: A New Good Luck Charm [CLOSED]
« Last post by ReaperJoe on January 24, 2023, 11:53:35 AM »
Lucas could say nothing (except "Ow!" after Cloe nudged him) as Cloe casually handed her card to the shopkeeper, who arched a bushy eyebrow in Lucas's direction. At least, it looked like it was in Lucas's direction. It was hard to tell with all of the hair. Nevertheless, Lucas was only able to massage his arm after Cloe elbowed it with her prosthetic, the metal proving very unforgiving against flesh. That earned a grunt from the shopkeeper, who proceeded to process the exchange. It seemed he didn't care where the payment came from, as long as it ended up in his pocket.

After making a few more arrangements to have the dust sent to the dock for them to pick up on their way back (what, you expected Lucas to carry it around all day?), Lucas turned to Cloe as they walked out of the establishment. "Uh, thanks, I guess," he started, scratching his temple. He was a little conflicted about her reasoning for paying. It was true that he bailed her out of a bad situation during initiation, but she was only there in the first place because he inadvertently lured her in. She didn't need to know that part, but he still felt a little bit guilty.

"You said something about lunch, right? I suppose that's the least I could do to make it up to you. Did you have any place in mind?"
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Beacon Academy / Re: [sSR] Initation: Team PCNT
« Last post by Kaliot on January 23, 2023, 04:37:14 PM »
Considering how it went the first time, Pyre smiled brightly at Tina's request, but that feeling was short-lived as she dropped to the floor, barely dodging a large rock that was tossed their way. Getting back to her feet, Pyre quickly attached her backpack to her weapon while the others devised a plan of action. As soon as Nathan was finished, she leapt off the edge of the stairwell with one of the palms facing back toward Tina and Nathan gesturing "stay".

Pyre momentarily shot her weapon's thrust toward the ground just enough to avoid the shock of landing, switching it off to readjust the direction toward the Geist, and flipping it on again to engulf the monster in flame, blinding it from seeing the team and helping the team see it. Pyre, a bit worried that her stalling tactic might piss off the Geist, turned her head back and yelled out, "Plan!"
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The Vale Region / Re: A New Good Luck Charm [CLOSED]
« Last post by Metroidhunter on January 21, 2023, 08:06:20 PM »
"Meh," Cloe replied casually to his voice of concern, giving only a slight shrug. Truthfully, she was more worried about stepping into this spooky establishment than she was about the price. Cautiously taking a glance inside, Cloe wasn't exactly impressed. Okay, maybe it wasn't quite as scary as it looked on the outside, but it wasn't gorgeous either. Was it worth the discount? That could be argued. To her, the price made absolutely no difference. After all, she wouldn't even be spending her money. Her parents would be covering this one... She would just have to remember to tell them that later.

Approaching the counter slowly, Cloe did her best to wait patiently for their order to be brought out. All the while, she couldn't help but stare at the peculiar looking shopkeeper. Why wasn't he saying anything? When the hell was the last time he shaved? Did he even have eyeballs? Cloe had lots of questions, not one of them relevant to today's purchase. Thankfully, Lucas was there to steer her brain back on course before she had the chance to say something stupid.

Cloe took only the briefest of glances at the price before whipping out a card, her trademark grin finally returning to her expression as she handed over the lien to pay. "Hush hush! My treat! You totally did help me not die that one time, so let's just say I owe you this one." She gave Lucas a playful nudge with her metal elbow as she spotted yet another opportunity to tease him. "You're buying lunch though!"
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The Vale Region / Re: A New Good Luck Charm [CLOSED]
« Last post by ReaperJoe on January 15, 2023, 01:25:48 PM »
"Bwa?" came the familiar response as Cloe made her offer. "A-are you sure? It's a lot of dust, ya know? I mean, I know I said it was cheaper, but--" she did realize that he wasn't just picking up his own dust right? This was supposed to be a restock for the entire team! And it was supposed to last them for quite a while (it won't, obviously, because Juno--and, yeah, probably Lucas, too--will go through it like an addict on a snow day).

His mind distracted by Cloe's apparent boundless ability to short circuit Lucas's thoughts, his hand pushed the door open, causing the bell to ring and shaking Lucas from trying to talk Cloe down from spending all of her money. Inside, as expected, is a dust shop. But rather than glass display cases and dispensary tubes, there are crates of crystals and barrels of powder, with sacks and scoops tacked to the side for easy packaging. At the back of the store, there was a door with a sign that said "Employees Only", but the windows revealed a warehouse full of even more crates and barrels. Perhaps dust shop was a bit too generous; this place looks more like the retail side of a distribution center.

Off to the side, there was a raised wooden counter and behind it was a man sitting on a stool, black hair covering every inch of his face except his big red nose and his bald white head. Turning towards the sound of the bell, the shop keeper let's out a grunt of acknowledgement, though his eyebrows were so thick it was hard to tell if he was looking at the pair of students or just the door in general. Taking one last look at Cloe, Lucas stepped inside, announcing, "Excuse me, I had an order under 'Meridiem'?"

The question earned another grunt from the shop keeper, who then hopped off his stool to waddle to edge of the counter and retrieve a large sack filled to the brim with dust products (all of it safely packaged, which he confirmed by hand by retrieving each item from the sack and displaying for both Lucas and Cloe to see). The purchase was clearly not just for Lucas, who turned to Cloe as the man rang up the total price. "You sure you still want to pay for all this?"
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The Vale Region / Re: A New Good Luck Charm [CLOSED]
« Last post by Metroidhunter on January 14, 2023, 01:08:00 PM »
Cloe took each step with high energy, happy to finally get a move on. For what had to be a record amount of time, Cloe was actually tuned in to what her partner was saying. Despite trying her best to listen however, she did not find the subject of his rambling to be all that interesting. By the time they reached the shop's entrance, she was starting to wonder if she should have just spent the day studying instead.

"Oh wow, that's crazy," Cloe replied in the most monotone voice imaginable as Lucas came to a stop. Looking up and down the suspicious door, she raised an eyebrow. Hearing his offer to stay outside, she was very tempted to take that so she could make a run for it. Another five minutes of him talking about dust may just have been enough to kill her, assuming someone in this creepy place didn't get her first. Cloe had to remind herself that she was the one that said teammates were supposed to hang out... 'God dammit Cloe, this is on you.'

"No yeah, totally. I'm in," the faunus answered with slightly more enthusiasm, giving him a metal thumbs-up and a cheery smile. "... But only if you let me pay for it!"
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Beacon Academy / Re: What the Night Owls See [Closed]
« Last post by ReaperJoe on January 11, 2023, 03:11:15 PM »
Lucas was more or less absent-mindedly wandering the halls, his eyes on the open book in his hands but not reading the words. He didn't need to, he'd already read them. Really, this was just an excuse to not sit in front of his screen, and his legs would likely take him to a nearby vending machine. If he wants to get this assignment done tonight, he's almost certainly going to need the caffeine. He did have change on him, right?

No sooner had he thought that when he felt a bump against his chest. Instinctively, he looked up from his book, and was a little bit confused to find nobody there. He was starting to think he reallly did need to go to sleep, but then he heard a voice coming from beneath his book.

Lifting it awkwardly above his head, he looked down to find Prism looking almost as delirious as he felt. "Oh, that's where you were," he said matter-of-factly. "What are you doing up--you know what? Nevermind, forget I said anything," he continued, realizing how hypocritical it would be to ask why she's up so late mid-sentence. Instead, Lucas pivots subjects, saying, ""I wouldn't recommend heading back to the dorm right now. Cloe and Juno are asleep, but probably just barely. Pretty sure if you go back now, you'll get a pillow to the face--or worse."

Lucas stepped up to the nearby vending machine and deposited his change, which just so happened to be the right amount for a soda. "I'm heading into one of the study rooms for a bit. You can join me if you want. It's probably better than wandering the halls and bumping into even more random strangers."
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Beacon Academy / Re: What the Night Owls See [Closed]
« Last post by Moth on January 11, 2023, 03:48:05 AM »
Somewhere past the thirty-six hour mark was the sweet-spot of sleep deprivation. Her thought pattern would be scattered enough that any memories that bothered to resurface would just drift past like a fading dream; but she still retained enough lucidity to stay focused on the task in front of her. It got pretty hard to focus, and occasionally the world would shift a little bit underneath her boots -- but as long as she kept ingesting caffeine, she'd be fine.

That's why she's memorized the path to her favorite vending machine, the one down the hallway right past her team's room. A hundred and sixty-two steps from the common room, two left turns. Tucked into a tiny nook next to the water fountain. If she hip-checked the machine at the same moment her drink dropped from the top shelf, it'd take out a bag of fritos on the way down.

She's so preoccupied with counting steps and hallucinating the taste of fritos she doesn't notice the quiet click of a bedroom door, the sound of footsteps other than her own on crushed velvet.

Prism walks straight into Lucas, crushing her nose against his chest. It takes her a second to process the collision, but she steps back after a long moment with a rising flush. "...hey, Lucas."
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The Vale Region / Re: A New Good Luck Charm [CLOSED]
« Last post by ReaperJoe on January 10, 2023, 11:20:06 PM »
Lucas sighed as Cloe used literally every name for dust but its proper one, but made no further effort to correct her. Instead, he started leaving the landing deck, with a quiet "this way" to his teammate to indicate she should follow him.

"It isn't far," he continued, turning down an alley instead of heading down the main road, "Most people wouldn't know about it unless they did some digging first, though. It's a real hole-in-the-wall. The sign on the door's practically scratched out, but I promise he's got the best deals."

"See, most of the more popular stores cater to a wider audience," Lucas continued explaining, noticeably without prompting, "which is why you can get pre-made dust ammo in most places. Their 'premium' items are just expensive toys for 'trophy hunters' with too much money. Trust me, anyone tries to sell you on their 'highest quality dust', it's because they think you're a mark."

Lucas turns down another corner, either unaware or unconcerned with how grimy his path is becoming, and continues talking, whether Cloe is listening or not. "Not to mention, most places don't offer custom jobs for storage, and if they do, they want to keep it in-house. Normally, the service is pretty good, so it's not really a rip-off, but if you go through a lot of dust like I do, it's better to find a guy that lets you do it yourself. Cheaper in the long run.

Suddenly, Lucas stops, seemingly staring at a wall. Upon closer inspection, however, he's staring at a red door that practically blends in with the brick surrounding it. A faded placard reads "Particular Particulates: For the Discerning Connoisseur".

"This is the place," Lucas says, turning to Cloe, "It'll only take about five minutes to wrap everything up, if you want to wait outside." Not that he expected Cloe to take the offer, of course.
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Beacon Academy / Re: [sSR] Initation: Team CLVS
« Last post by Metroidhunter on January 10, 2023, 06:24:26 PM »
Throughout the time she had been waiting for her teammates to finish introducing themselves, Cloe had been formulating a strategy. A solid plan that would get them out of here in the quickest time possible. At least she believed so. As soon as Lucas presented the opportunity to speak, Cloe immediately chimed in.

"I say we go this way! Cloe pointed vaguely in the opposite direction from which she had come from. "I can run ahead really, really fast and check if I'm right. If you hear me screaming, you know I was wrong! Easy peasy! Who's with me?"

That was about the extent of Cloe's strategy. Was it a safe plan? 'Totally.' As far as she was concerned, she could simply greet any obstacles with a solid punch in the mouth. She wasn't afraid of any of these dumb monsters, especially not with this crew tailing behind her. Was it an efficient plan? 'Yep.' After all, she was really fast. However, was it a smart plan? 'Hell yeah it is,' she told herself without much of a second thought. She seriously doubted that anyone could come up with a better idea than this.
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The Vale Region / Re: A New Good Luck Charm [CLOSED]
« Last post by Metroidhunter on January 10, 2023, 05:39:56 PM »
"Yay," Cloe cheered at his response. Lucas may not have been her first, second or third choice for a person to hang out with, but at the end of the day, his company would be better than none. This outing also happened to be a great opportunity to get to know him better. As of right now, she hardly knew a single detail about Lucas' life outside of Beacon. He seemed like an okay guy at least, but maybe there was an interesting and cool side to him that she simply hadn't seen yet. Maybe.

Despite not knowing which direction she was actually supposed to be going, Cloe started to move forwards, already bored of standing still. As she began to walk, she casually dismissed his advice with a quick wave of her cybernetic hand. "Yeah, yeah. Gems, minerals, whatevuh. I'll try not to call him a nerd while I'm at it. Where is this guy, anyway?"
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